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ERIC Number: ED374478
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
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"Butthead,""Swirlies," and Dirty Looks: Interpersonal Conflict from a Younger Point of View.
Hale, Claudia L.; And Others
Breaking from traditional adult-centered models of interpersonal conflict by privileging children's experiences, a study examined children's experiences of and reactions to conflict. As part of an assessment for establishing a school-based peer mediation program, focus group interviews were conducted with second graders through high school students (n=47). Analysis focuses on the sites (causes), signs, and aftermath of (or responses to) conflict. Children's impressions regarding fairness, gender differences, as well as the children's metaphors for conflict are addressed. With respect to the sites of conflict, the main themes included conflict as a product of the spoken word, as a dirty look, and as a struggle for equality. The signs of conflict entailed physical acts, name calling, and absence of talk. Aftermath included confronting, seeking involvement of third parties, ignoring others, and treating others with kindness. Two emergent themes regarding fairness were decision making according to the rules, and equality of treatment. Two primary, and in some respects oppositional, metaphors emerged in the group discussions: conflict as explosion and conflict as betrayal. (Contains 52 references, 11 notes, and a table of data. The interview protocol is attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A